Speed You Up Business Pop Up event at Future Skills Bordon

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 14:33

Speed You Up Young Entrepreneur Programme has been delivered by Adriana Crear from WSX in the Future Skills Training Centre in Bordon since November 2021 to almost 30 young men aged 17 to 22 studying construction courses.

The Centre which was opened in 2017 is an almost £4 million facility managed by Head of Construction Steve Gilder and offers a range of construction courses preparing learners for their future career.

Most of the learners specialise in carpentry and attend classes in the workshop run by Mark McDoland. The students also attend additional maths classes run by Sarah Daniels who also overlooks retention and progression and who was facilitating the Speed You Up and prepared together with the learners the Pop Up event.

Over seven sessions of the Programme the students were learning about entrepreneurship, skills needed in self-employment, communication, and customer relations.

In addition during the sessions, the learners were working on the business planning which also included coming up with the names of their companies and logos.

In total, the learners created seven businesses (Pop Ups) which were displayed during the Business Pop Up event. One of the Pop Up businesses has been already registered as a sole trader company and has got regular customers. The event was attended by a colleague from Hampshire Council - Carolyn Jay as well as by business mentors from Inspiring Enterprise Project Lizzie Raffle and Susan Reviere who joined us via Teams. There are also 3 companies which are involved in the Pop up: two construction companies T.A.T.A. Property Maintenance and Frogski & Marcin who offered the learners working experience as well as road recovery company Rhino Recovery LTD which is based in the Aldershot Enterprise Centre and became the Speed You Up ambassador and a role model for the learners.

The event itself was attended by almost all Future Skills Speed You Up Participants and was held in the workshop where learners displayed their truly impressive work: benches, garden benches with built-in tables and wooden picture frames.

It is important to mention that Future Skills students are also heavily involved in the local community project at Club 94 where they renovate the building as well as Community work at the Centre itself – some of the benches made by the students will be used by those who attend the Centre.

Thank you very much to all learners as well as internal and external stakeholders for taking part in the Future Skills Business Pop Up. We hope that the learners will be able to persevere with their business and that the Speed You Up will contribute to the success in their future employment and self-employment.